We’ve all been there, the negativity spiral that is. Here are the top 4 major red flags to look out for on the daily as an actor. If you acknowledge them, you have the power to turn them around before they hurt you. Negative thoughts will only thwart your progress and success. Remember, you deserve success and with the right attitude, you CAN get it all!
1. Self- Doubt. Showbiz is undoubtedly one of the toughest industries out there. You’ve got to have the skin of an elephant and the heart of a baby to be in this business (aka be tough as nails on the outside, while keeping your vulnerability totally open to play various roles on the inside). So, the worst thing you can do is doubt yourself: it’s pure self-sabotage and will get you nowhere. Next time you feel even a drop of self-doubt creeping up on you, just put it to rest. It doesn’t belong in your head! Replace it with a positive mantra, like “I am on the right path” and remind yourself that you deserve the best. Exude confidence, you’re an actor after all!
2. Taking criticism to heart. It’s undeniable that you’re going to be criticized in this business. Heck, look at all huge celebs who get criticized in gossip columns on the daily. The best thing to do? Tune it out. Let it go. Don’t even give it the time of day. You are perfect just the way you are. Same goes for in the audition room. If a Casting Director gives you a suggestion, like “put your hair back so we can see your facial expressions in the camera,” realize this is NOT a criticism. Merely a nudge to make you a better actor.
3. Being in your head. What does this mean? Exactly what it means. If you’re in your head too much as an actor, the camera will read it. You want to feel as free as possible so your performances are spontaneous and exciting to watch. Don’t overanalyze yourself either. Be as free as possible. Trust me, you’ll give the best performances that way AND book the job.
4. Unprofessional behavior. This should go without saying, but I have to say it anyway folks. Keep it clean. That means all your social media channels should be professional, you should have impeccable etiquette, dress nicely, and make sure all your interactions with anyone in the industry are tip-top. You should be nice to everyone. This includes everyone on-set from the gaffer to the director. Having a good attitude is everything and will get you ahead. Even if you’re having a bad day, just smile and shine through it.